W.685, Single leaf of elephants on a river bank
This Mughal painting dates to the late tenth century AH / sixteenth CE or the early eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. It depicts elephants on the bank of a river in a rocky landscape with a fortified city in the background. It appears that the wild elephants are being captured with a view to taming them. The figures in grisaille and the architectural vignettes in the background represent early contacts between Mughal India and Europe. The painting has a brown border with illuminated flora and fauna motifs.
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